Mickey Hart does a great job of sharing the love with Portland. He makes sure to include our dainty little city on each of his West Coast tour itineraries, and always brings something new and exciting to the table. Some bands will play an underwhelmingly similar show each time they come to town — but the Mickey Hart Band is not one of those bands.
Hart’s newest project, “Superorganism,” is yet another of the percussionist’s wild ideas. This time, he’s not using beats from outer space or chords from the Golden Gate Bridge. On “Superorganism,” Hart goes much, much deeper, using the human body to create music. To compliment the theme of the new album, Hart will be wearing an EEG cap during each show of the tour. His brain waves will be visible on a screen as well as audible as part of the music.
As well as marking the release of a new album, the “Superorganism” tour also celebrates Hart’s 70th birthday! He will be inviting special guests on stage at several of the tour dates, so keep your eyes out for surprises! The band will also be joined by supporting act the Tea Leaf Trio (comprised of part of the group Tea Leaf Green).
Head out to the Roseland Theater on Friday, August 2 to catch Mickey Hart and his new, crazy, wild project!
For more information about “Superorganism” and the Mickey Hart Band, visit www.mickeyhart.net.
At this point, if you haven’t yet heard of The Motet, you’ve been living under a rock, or at least living far away from civilization. Based in Denver, several of the band members have roots in Portland, so they really seem to enjoy giving our city some major love. The Motet will play some of the best funk you can get anywhere outside of New Orleans, and are to the West Coast funk community what Lettuce is for the Northeast: totally awesome and we’ll tell everyone about ‘em.
You might remember The Motet from the past couple of years when they toured around with their “Funk is Dead” act, taking classic Grateful Dead tunes and “puttin’ a little booty” in them (this is word-for-word how they described it). What you might not be as familiar with is their own original songs, which will — let’s be honest here — get everyone in the crowd laid. (The Portland Metronome doesn’t make empty promises.)
This Saturday, July 13 , The Motet returns to Portland’s Wonder Ballroom, with opening support from Excellent Gentlemen. This show has a good chance of selling out, so we recommend getting your tickets ahead of time! See you all there!
The Metronome went to its first two festivals of the year this past weekend, and damn, it felt good! Showtime is kicking into full gear right about now, so here’s a preview of what’s going on this week! Read more
Review by Kara Wilbeck
Photos by Alexander Maso
This website is not known for its coverage of the electronic music scene. This writer likewise is not known for her love and knowledge of the genre. But Bonobo is different. Bonobo has always been different. The British producer, known to his parents and (I’m assuming) friends as Simon Green, is what we might call (at the risk of sounding aloof) on the more legitimate end of the electronic spectrum (Skrillex being the archetype of what lies at the direct opposite end). Bonobo’s downtempo sound is smooth and sexy, deliberate and mature. Rather than sole reliance on the capabilities of a computer for sounds, Bonobo takes many samples from actual instruments. Many of the artist’s tracks even include lyrics, a rarity for the genre (outside of spotty sampling). Read more
If you, like many of us, make the annual pilgrimage to Horning’s Hideout for the Northwest String Summit, some of the music and images in this documentary may sound and look familiar to you — you may even find yourself in it!
Turn Left at the Peacock is a documentary shot over several years of NWSS, and we can’t wait to see how it showcases the magical event that happens right in our backyard every summer!
The film’s world premiere will be held on July 17th at the Bagdad Theater. (Yes — that is the night before NWSS begins!) The show starts at 6, but there will be a reception at 5 where you can eat, drink, and meet the folks behind the film!
Sounds awesome, right? It gets better. Local Portland bluegrass band Sugarcane and the legendary banjo player and String Summit veteran Danny Barnes will each be playing a set to get us all warmed up for the documentary.
See you all at the Bagdad!
Have you ever had someone ask you if you like the Grateful Dead or Phish better?
You probably answered that it’s irrelevant, and an unfair question. They’re totally different, right?
Local cover bands Shafty (a Phish tribute band) and Garcia Birthay Band (duh) are joining forces to bring us the ultimate in hippie jam band dance parties: a Grateful Dead and Phish tribute night.
This whole thing is goin’ down at the Wonder Ballroom on Saturday, June 19! Be sure to get there on time, because Garcia Birthday Band kicks off promptly at 9 p.m., with Shafty “transitioning” to the stage at 11 p.m. We know you’re wondering, and the answer is YES, there will be collaborations between the two bands! According to GBB, the night will culminate in a super awesome surprise encore. Welp, we’re intrigued!
Our new favorite light show in town, Lights Up Loud, will be making everything good and colorful for us.
So, who’s in???